One of the magical things about Custer, South Dakota, and what we’re truly known for, is our boundless landscapes, endless fresh green forestry, national monuments, free-roaming animals, and roads that simply take you to the unknown, the unknown of mother nature’s finest, and her mastery of empowered beauty. It is on one of these many stunningly scenic roads in the Black Hills that you will eventually land yourself at Black Elk Peak.
Black Elk Peak, also referred in Lakota as Hiŋháŋ Káǧa, honors Black Elk, the noted Lakota Sioux medicine man. The peak rests in the Black Elk Wilderness area and is considered the highest natural point in South Dakota. The Board of Geographical Names places this 7,242 feet peak as the highest summit in the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains.
Those who love exploration on foot and constantly dream of hiking some of the world’s highest summits should absolutely visit Black Elk Peak. Not sure which trail to take? We got you covered! Free Black Elk Wilderness Map & Trail Guides can be found at any ranger station and visitor centers in the Black Hills.
There are several trails that lead up to the summit: